U.S. and Canada Agree to Extend Border Closure by 30 Days

The Detroit Windsor Tunnel entrance to the customs area in Detroit

The countries agreed last month to limit border crossings to essential travel amid the pandemic, but that agreement was due to expire this coming week.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said that the U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their border closed to nonessential travel for another 30 days.

Trudeau said it will keep people on both sides of the border safe amid the pandemic.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the U.S.-Canada border will be among the first borders to open and added that the countries are doing well in handling the pandemic. The U.S. has more confirmed cases and deaths from COVID-19 than any nation in the world.

The U.S. and Canada agreed last month to limit border crossings to essential travel amid the pandemic, but that agreement was due to expire this coming week. Nearly 200,000 people cross the border daily in normal times.

Truck drivers and Canadians who live in the U.S. for part of the year and are returning to Canada are among those who are exempted from the current travel ban. Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the U.S., and about 18 percent of American exports go to Canada.